The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2012/2013/2014
Tasted in mid 2018, the 2012 to 2014 vintages, all from a single vineyard, showed impressive quality and value. Drinking well now, the 2014 vintage (4.5*) is a medium style (30 grams/litre residual sugar), with strong, ripe, peachy, slightly spicy flavours, building bottle-aged complexity. Light yellow/green, the 2013 vintage (4.5*) has excellent drive and depth, with peachy, spicy flavours, low alcohol (9.5 per cent), gentle sweetness and lovely harmony. Maturing well, the 2012 vintage (4*) is slightly more restrained, with a pale lemon/green hue, good weight, a splash of sweetness and strong, lemony, appley flavours. It's drinking well now.
The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2013 | 94/100 | 5 Stars
This is richly fruited and delectably expressed on the nose showing mango, lemon curd, toast, honey and spice aromas. The palate is succulent and opulent, and delivers superbly fruit concentration and creamy texture, brilliantly complemented by refreshing acidity. A powerful rendition of the variety offering loads of attractive flavours.
Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2015 | 94/100 | 5 Stars
This is gorgeously fruited and inviting on the nose showing orange peel, mandarin, lemon curd and subtle spice characters, leading to a succulent palate that is fabulous tasty and lingering. The wine offers wonderful ripeness and roundness, complemented by gentle sweetness and bright acidity, finishing long and very tasty. Sam Kim, Wine Orbit
The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2016 | 95/100 | 5 Stars
Wonderfully ripe and fragrant, the wine shows golden peach, tropical fruit, orange peel and potpourri notes on the nose. The palate is equally satisfying with excellent weight and fruit intensity superbly complemented by subtle sweetness and vibrant acidity, finishing long and delicious. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit
The Crater Rim Waipara Riesling 2017 | 94/100 | 5 Stars
Richly complex and enticing, the wine shows apricot, subtle honey, clove and lemon curd characters on the nose with a hint of toasty note. The concentrated palate delivers creamy mouthfeel and elegant sweetness, backed by bright acidity, finishing long and satisfying. Sam Kim - Wine Orbit.
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